Tags: Church & State

Politicians and “faith leaders” make a gruesome combination

Politicians and “faith leaders” make a gruesome combination

Posted: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Many will write it off as red meat being thrown to the raving fundamentalists on the back bench of the Tory Party, but the appointment of Baroness Warsi as "Minister for Faith and Communities" is potentially threatening for secularism.

She recently held a meeting... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Church & State

Are parliament’s theocrats about to have their day?

Are parliament’s theocrats about to have their day?

Posted: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

When the Conservative-led coalition Government came to power at the last election we braced ourselves for a raised profile for religion in matters of state.

What transpired, though, were several confrontations between religious groups and Mr Cameron's "modernising"... Read More »

Tags: 'Militant' secularism, Church & State, Community Cohesion, Discrimination, Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality

Ireland awaits Human Rights report on its abortion law

Ireland awaits Human Rights report on its abortion law

Posted: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 by Claire McCormack

By Claire McCormack

Ireland awaits a September report on its abortion laws by a European Court of Human Rights panel of experts at a time of rising political tensions over the issue and a backdrop of steep declines in the popularity of religion.

In Ireland ,... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Church & State, Gender Equality, Ireland, Reproductive Rights

Is the Church of England at death’s door or has it found a new lease of life?

Is the Church of England at death’s door or has it found a new lease of life?

Posted: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Church of England is either in its last desperate death throes or it is making a concerted effort to revive itself and reclaim the widespread influence it once enjoyed. At its General Synod (parliament) this week it got itself into a humiliating tangle... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

Rowan Williams has acquired a backbone – but it’s all too late

Rowan Williams has acquired a backbone – but it’s all too late

Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams is demob-happy.

It seems that since he announced his resignation he feels he can now say what he wants, rather than what the "Anglican Communion" demands. And in the process he seems to be demonstrating an extraordinary... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England

The Catholic push for power is failing

The Catholic push for power is failing

Posted: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Yesterday the Catholic Church in America began a campaign it calls "A Fortnight for Freedom" which it says is an effort to raise awareness among Catholics of the threats to their religious liberty. In particular they want to "raise awareness" about the Obama... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Church & State, Reproductive Rights, USA

Religious people should recognise that secularism benefits them, too

Religious people should recognise that secularism benefits them, too

Posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 by Mary Draycott

The outcry against not having prayers during council meetings is presented as some huge attack against Christianity. But this misses the point. Even Baroness Warsi, Minister without Portfolio, waded in and lectured the Pope and his cardinals that they had... Read More »

Tags: 'Militant' secularism, Church & State, Council Prayers

Why the Church must not win in this confrontation with the state

Why the Church must not win in this confrontation with the state

Posted: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Church of England has thrown down the gauntlet to the Government over the issue of gay marriage.

The message is clear: "do as we say or there will be dire consequences."

Their response to the Government consultation on its intention to legalise civil marriages... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality, Obama

Not a “slip of the tongue”: only one religion is recognised as the basis of the Turkish state

Not a “slip of the tongue”: only one religion is recognised as the basis of the Turkish state

Posted: Wed, 30 May 2012 by Halil M. Karaveli

By Halil M. Karaveli

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently expressed allegiance to "one nation, one flag, one religion, one state." Indeed, the Turkish republic recognizes only "one religion", Sunni Islam, as the basis of the nation. Erdoğan is nonetheless... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Turkey

Not a “slip of the tongue”: only one religion is recognised as the basis of the Turkish state

Not a “slip of the tongue”: only one religion is recognised as the basis of the Turkish state

Posted: Wed, 30 May 2012 by Halil M. Karaveli

By Halil M. Karaveli

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently expressed allegiance to "one nation, one flag, one religion, one state." Indeed, the Turkish republic recognizes only "one religion", Sunni Islam, as the basis of the nation. Erdoğan is nonetheless... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Islam, Turkey

The Catholic Church is trying to flex its political muscle to humiliate Obama – but does it still have the strength?

The Catholic Church is trying to flex its political muscle to humiliate Obama – but does it still have the strength?

Posted: Thu, 24 May 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has ramped up the Catholic Church's politically motivated assault on the Obama administration by accusing the President of "strangling" religious freedom by requiring Catholic employers to provide workers with birth control... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Church & State, Reproductive Rights, USA

The need for secularism in a superdiverse society

The need for secularism in a superdiverse society

Posted: Thu, 10 May 2012 by Stephen Evans

The Westminster faith debates concluded last week with a debate on religious trends. According to the research presented, religion in the UK is changing, but not disappearing.

Summing up the findings from the £12m Religion and Society research programme,... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, statistics

Asking the impossible? Lebanon’s march for secularism

Asking the impossible? Lebanon’s march for secularism

Posted: Tue, 08 May 2012 by Alex Rowell

While in most respects the previous seventeen months have seen undreamt-of victories for civil liberties in the Middle East, there is one crucial measure by which things have not improved, and in fact threaten to worsen considerably: the separation of religion... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Lebanon

There is no persecution or sidelining of Christianity in Britain

There is no persecution or sidelining of Christianity in Britain

Posted: Thu, 05 Apr 2012 by Oliver Kamm

By guest blogger, Oliver Kamm

Christianity, says Lord Carey of Clifton, is under threat. The former Archbishop of Canterbury complained recently of "a deliberate attempt ... to get rid of Christianity as a public faith". Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary,... Read More »

Tags: 'Militant' secularism, Christianity, Church & State, Church of England

Prime Minister’s dissembling, hypocritical and disingenuous speech to religious leaders

Prime Minister’s dissembling, hypocritical and disingenuous speech to religious leaders

Posted: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, gave an Easter reception for Christian leaders at Downing Street this week at which he delivered an unctuous speech of such disingenuousness and hypocrisy that it almost takes the breath away.

He starts by saying he welcomes... Read More »

Tags: 'Militant' secularism, Big Society, Church & State, Church of England, Council Prayers, Equality & Human Rights

Why militant secularism is for believers, too

Why militant secularism is for believers, too

Posted: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The New Scientist magazine had an interesting series of articles about the "science of religion" last week (which will be available free for a few more days to those who register on the site). It was all summed up in an editorial that advised "secularists"... Read More »

Tags: 'Militant' secularism, Church & State

Why militant secularism is for believers, too

Why militant secularism is for believers, too

Posted: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The New Scientist magazine had an interesting series of articles about the "science of religion" last week (which will be available free for a few more days to those who register on the site). It was all summed up in an editorial that advised "secularists"... Read More »

Tags: 'Militant' secularism, Church & State

Why militant secularism is for believers, too

Why militant secularism is for believers, too

Posted: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The New Scientist magazine had an interesting series of articles about the "science of religion" last week (which will be available free for a few more days to those who register on the site). It was all summed up in an editorial that advised "secularists"... Read More »

Tags: 'Militant' secularism, Church & State

The Church of England – myth and reality

The Church of England – myth and reality

Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

We are told constantly how important the Church of England is to this country and how fond of it we all are. That doesn't sit very well with the result of a BBC survey for the quiz show Pointless that asked 100 respondents to name Archbishops of Canterbury.... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Christianity, Church & State, Church of England

Without a pack of lies to back them up, Christian claims of persecution fall flat on their face

Without a pack of lies to back them up, Christian claims of persecution fall flat on their face

Posted: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The old adage "never believe what you read in the newspapers" has never been as apposite as it has been over the past week.

The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail have surpassed themselves with headlines about the wearing of Christian crosses at work.

The Mail... Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Church & State, Equality & Human Rights

Mr Pickles “community cohesion” policy is a recipe for conflict

Mr Pickles “community cohesion” policy is a recipe for conflict

Posted: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Why is the Coalition Government increasingly embracing the policy of the US Republicans of appropriating religion for political purposes? It's not even as though it works very well for the GOP. In fact, Rick Santorum's present display of religious zealotry... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Community Cohesion

The great debate begins

The great debate begins

Posted: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

We've been trying for a long time to get a national debate going about the place of religion in British society. It took our court case in Bideford to really ignite it.

The initial reaction has been — as we predicted last week — hysterical, misinformed,... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Church of England, Council Prayers

Baroness Warsi and her gang of pious politicos are out of step with the nation

Baroness Warsi and her gang of pious politicos are out of step with the nation

Posted: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson


I'm sure Baroness Warsi's speech to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome today will please its audience. She promised to support the Pope in his desire to return Christianity to the centre of public life in Britain.

It also seemed to chime with the... Read More »

Tags: 'Militant' secularism, Catholic Church, Christianity, Church & State

The Catholic War on Democracy

The Catholic War on Democracy

Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

At a Vatican meeting with Catholic bishops from the USA last month, the Pope told them that they had a duty to apply pressure on Catholic politicians to get Catholic doctrine written into law.

Ratzinger said: "The Church has a critical role to play in countering... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Church & State, Reproductive Rights

Sentamu's shot at gay marriage is only the first salvo in a bitter battle to come

Sentamu's shot at gay marriage is only the first salvo in a bitter battle to come

Posted: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has warned the government that if it tries to legalise gay marriage, it will face a huge onslaught from religious bodies.

These are not empty words. The Church of England and the Catholic Church are already in talks to... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Christianity, Church & State, Church of England, Equality & Human Rights